Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Andy Blevins
The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and active ally MBAs in full-time programs. Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.
This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows. These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.
35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle. To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here.
MEET ANDY BLEVINS (Willamette University, Atkinson Graduate School of Management)
Andy Blevins is originally from Denver, CO. He enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as a Cryptologic Technician, a few short weeks after graduating from high school. Serving under the archaic DADT policy, Andy had a successful career and was named his command’s “2010 Sailor of the Year”before being honorably discharged. He attended the University of Colorado for his undergraduate degree in English and Urban Education, and continued at the same university while studying for his Post-Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. He is currently enrolled in the JD/MBA dual-degree program at Willamette University. Andy served as an intern in First Lady Michelle Obama’s office, through the White House Internship Program, and a Mission Continues Fellow with Junior Achievement, where he focused on project development/implementation and education policy. He is no stranger to the LGBT military community, and has served in various capacities with OutServe-SLDN, the Military Partners and Families Coalition, the American Military Partner Association, and the Military Family Advisory Network. Outside of the military community, Andy has worked as an advocate and adviser for LGBT youth through DeMolay International, OneColorado, and the Special Olympics; he co-founded Genders and Sexualities Alliances/Quorums through his cohort in the White House Internship Program and at several high schools and colleges around the state of Colorado; and he has delivered dozens of cultural competency sessions to help educators and school officials better support and represent their LGBT students. In his spare time he likes to read and cook.
What made you consider business school?
I have always been interested in serving my community through the Boards and commissions of nonprofit organizations; I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do so the last several years. I constantly find myself gravitating towards the inspiring leadership that many MBA community members exhibit. Participating in the JD/MBA program gives me the opportunity to develop those same leadership skills, broaden my own horizons, and accelerate my legal career.
What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am most excited to make new connections with my professors and peers! In law school, the majority of us have the same skill-sets and interests; I am excited to meet a diverse group of people and to learn from their strengths and perspectives.
Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Aisha Moodie-Mills, CEO of the Victory Fund, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Inc., Kathy Wolfe, CEO of Wolfe Video, Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Congressman (NY-18), Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Senator (WI).
What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I am a total boss at Disney karaoke, and I am definitely not ashamed.